...don't know when I'll be back again...
...per John Denver, The Kendalls, Janis Joplin, Peter Paul & Mary among others - My favorite version of the song though, is by Michael Clarke Duncan in the movie Armageddon.
Funny thing is though (although not really funny at all), is that British Airways used John Denver's version of the song even after he died in a plane crash. Interesting. Maybe not the best choice, but interesting.
Here is some history of the song. Here are the full set of lyrics.
As for the photo: I came across it looking through my Italy photos. I usually don't take airplane window shots, as they usually never come out good, but I liked this one. An original "Flight from Venice" shot.
I thought it appropriate, as I have finished work until at least June 2008 and will be leaving for a six month trip through the Middle East and Africa soon. Hopefully, I will have better luck than John Denver!!!
I haven't been on TE as of late, being extremely busy finalizing details for the trip, but will definitely have some good byes to say before I go. An amazing site with some amazing photographers, members and people.
Let me know what you think
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Ulishna (2268) 2007-10-08 8:44
great view from above.
I like such photos, it's other view and very interesting.
Cormac (26563) 2007-10-08 8:45
I always like to see arial shots, because it gives a different perspective. The pattern of lines in the fields is intersting, and of course that snake of a river contrasts so well with all the straight lines. Well done!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-10-08 8:46
The aerial vision give to the landscape a graphical aspect.
It's very nice
ViktorVaughn (1521) 2007-10-08 8:47
I also haven't been on in awhile, and just randomly decided to check the page out. Caught this one. As per most window shots, clarity and sharpness are a problem.
But I can see why you chose this one. The shapes, and lines are very well-defined and there is a striking pattern. The green's are also nice and strong contrasting the lighter shades and the river is an important addition to the photo.
Have an amazing trip, keep up those amazing photos (no doubt better since TE :) and stay safe). Enjoy it to the fullest, and keep us informed. Hopefully one day, I'll be able to ask you for advice on some of those places as per Yemen.
smarcell (19963) 2007-10-08 8:51
Great effect. I'm pretty sure that if you give a camera to a hundred people, and send them on a plane above these fields, you won't get many pictures like this. You had very good eye to spot the right pattern and frame it with your camera.
jjcordier (77502) 2007-10-08 8:55
Une photo impressionnante. Ces champs ont un aspect très graphique. Le PP est peut-être un peu trop poussé au niveau accentuation et luminosité mais l'effet pictural obtenu est très plaisant.
rgarrigus (0) 2007-10-08 8:57
What an interesting patchwork of color and texture. The aerial view is reminiscent of something by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The abstract lines and shapes of the fields are broken up nicely by the winding river and the placement of the red-roofed buildings. Incidentally you can also make out the outlines of older (possibly much older) buildings in the fields in the upper right. There is a whole field of archaeology dedicated to just such exploratory research in the UK.
alentejo (1954) 2007-10-08 8:59
Hi John !
Great grafic shot indeed ! I like these lines and the river together. Good range of colors. I've never seen Venice that way...
cherryripe (21033) 2007-10-08 9:09
You've managed to turn a landscape shot into a graphic shot thanks to the tight framing and heavy contrasts. The play of light and shadows is very effective as well. I wish you a great trip.
Amphitrite (1716) 2007-10-08 9:09
I like such graphical views from a plane.
Really well captured:))
andante (7092) 2007-10-08 9:20
A very clean composition you were able to capture from the airplane window, like you said usually the light is not that good, but every once in a while the stars align themselves and help. Love the diversity of the lines!
Zolive (5935) 2007-10-08 9:27
Very great aerial picture. The river remember me a big green snake. Different fields are wonderful.
partha (14020) 2007-10-08 9:31
What an amzing shot. Truely a differnt world. the ariel view gives dramatic look of it. Excellent shot.
anes_lc (14968) 2007-10-08 9:32
amazing shot ,such great quality .i´m impress
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-10-08 10:03
what a great result, framing and POV simply amazing, good graphic result, unique shot !
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-10-08 11:01
Incredible view !
The graphic is really nice.
Leonie (8809) 2007-10-08 11:03
WOw what a nice air view! Makes fabulous graphics and the colours are good, too!
daisydaisy (255) 2007-10-08 12:03
..Fantastic Whaoooouh...!!! I have the giddiness, but I like your very original shot.
markstaples (15670) 2007-10-08 12:06
This is an awesome image with superb graphical qualities. The square format is very apt. I like it a lot!!!
grigand (19625) 2007-10-08 13:59
FANTASTICA ! A very nice view, well done.
batalay (35875) 2007-10-08 14:42
We'll miss you at this site. You've had some memorable photos (your propensity for symmetry, I cannot forget); and you've provided extremely engaging dialogue, incisive observations, helpful suggestions. The times I've flown into Marco Polo Airport have usually been misty, foggy, and rarely clear conditions for taking photographs. This one is sensational. I see that it was shot in May of 2003. But then you can never know. One of the finest images I've seen of Venice was shot by Massimilio Rainieri and shows the city like a map. Of course, yours was shot over the Mainland, and lower height.
sothy81 (9568) 2007-10-08 14:44
This is a very nice photo from the above point of view. I agree with you that this should be artwork category, but I can see also a great architecture where people design their irrigation system so well like this. Beautiful frame.
dvlazar (6644) 2007-10-08 16:06
An amazing piece of artwork as viewed from the sky! The patterns and shapes are incredible.
It reminds me of that buzz you feel looking out a window of a landing (well not so much departing) plane when you arrive to a new and foriegn city....
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-10-08 16:39
Very beautiful panorama!
Great colours, detail and clarity!
worldcitizen (7209) 2007-10-08 18:33
I like it!! That snake-like river cutting through the patchwork land is great. I like all of the lines and textures, too. Good job from an airplane! You were lucky to have a window seat. :-) Have a wonderful trip!! Stay well, and we'll be waiting for some great new photos.
edytungkal (4551) 2007-10-08 19:43
Best moment to capture this landscape from above. I think its difficult to take the shot from window but you have an excellent result with good clarity and well sharpness. I love to see the perfect lines and green carpet combination with the river. Well done John and have a great trip :-)
shevchenko (18824) 2007-10-08 22:21
Good pov shooting from above to obtained the beautiful and colourful patterns, not easy to do it, but well done.
Today you had back again, and don't know when you'll leave again.....best wishes.....
mphotographies (1976) 2007-10-08 23:29
It looked like this was taken from a hot-air balloon, the angle of view is fantastic, almost 'right-above' those wonderful different colour and patterned fields. This provides us a nice picture of 'fields as seen from above'. It's all about the colour, shapes and patterns that makes this photo work. Texture and quality is understandably acceptable, still a fantastic shot!
Same as me I haven't been around TE, besides too much work and personal priorities, I haven't found enough ime to even write to my friends here in TE. Must be excited to your next adventure, look around your surroundings and take care of yourself dude!
All the best!
ktanska (25135) 2007-10-08 23:57
Good contrast between curvy river and fields and their direct lines. Great variety of different tones on varios stages of growth.
Have a great journey!
vincz (19113) 2007-10-09 0:41
Excellent. That's such a nice geometrical image with so bright light, so great patterns and the curved river. A beautiful one.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-10-09 2:55
What, did you open the window to take this photo? Usually the windows are dirty, or scratched, or the light is in front, or it is too dark, etc, etc. But in here, you got the right window, the right light and of course the right scenery. And, lets not forget that you also got of artistic sense working in your favour! We often forget that we are the ones who make the picture. Everything else is there just to help us. It is a beautiful photo. Well done.
Where in Africa are you going?
barni (15751) 2007-10-09 8:51
Le mélange de toutes ces formes géométrique est excelent.
Have a nice day
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-10-09 12:37
This is really great John, i'm really convinced by this one, graphism of those "from air shots" is always eyes catching and here you exploited to its best the graphism offered to your eyes while traveling over north part of venice.
Almost a YAB picture
All my congratulations.
Your gallery really worth a look, i love it :)
nikole (481) 2007-10-09 23:07
wow it seems a plastic or something artificial. I like the regular lines of the fields broken by the river. We´ll done and TFS!
photographer123 (6246) 2007-10-10 8:55
wow...what a strong graphic shot..nothing to say more!!!!wonderful...very well done...subir
clupica (97) 2007-10-11 1:22
I love to look out the window on plane trips and snap a few pictures. But, like you, I know that they won't come out too well.
Then there is the exception and I really like how well you have captured this aerial view with the patchwork of colors and the green river running through the center.
Dpbours (222) 2007-10-11 8:18
Send me your travel overview, since you never know where I'll pop up ;-).
I think the composition is spot on, but it's a bit hazy towards the top of the shot. But I like it as well!
pboehringer (770) 2007-10-12 9:12
I wish you all the best for your trip and not only great moments of photography but meeting the special things and people that makes a trip out there so rewarding and mind amplifying. I wish I could do something similar, but my job and finances doesn't allow me to do that. Well, don't forget that there is someone in California that would like to know form time to time how you're doing and where in this earth you might be.
Back to this shot ... a very good one to start your trip. Airplanes are an essential element for successfull transportation around teh world. Your frame is great and placing the little houses off center on the upper portion of that composition. The all unifying river that flows all the way through the image is very good. Perfect PP skills with the right amount of saturation of colors.
Oh, TE will miss you. You are certainly part of amazing photographers, member and person at TE.
Take care, Peter
douille (85) 2007-10-13 0:16
Nice compo and colors...
kensimage (8561) 2007-10-21 9:55
That's quite a composition, considering you were shooting out a scratched airplane window! (Or even, quite a composition if we don't consider that.) It looks like a work of abstract art. All the patterns and parallel lines give the eye interest wherever it looks, and the buildings near the top, though tiny, provide a central focus. Well done! Regards, Ken.
woladorsky (806) 2007-10-30 2:10
An excellent picture to post before starting a great adventure.
My best wishes and good luck!!
banyanman (7789) 2007-12-12 5:39
An exceptionally good shot through an aircraft window, John - contrast is good and no reflection. It almost looks like an abstract painting. I've seen a few similar photos ops when flying over Europe, but always the light has been on the wrong side or the window has been dirty (BA must only clean their windows once a year - they are the worst!) Cheers . . . David
jmcl (14535) 2008-02-16 17:03
Wonderful graphic image .. great lines .. and some very nice light to top it off .. well composed image. Hope you and yours are well.
ThomasL (419) 2008-03-31 6:59
This makes me think to the photographer Yann Arthus Bertrand, he made a lot of beautiful picture like that. Very well done. I like the curves of the river, which leads us through the picture. Nice!
Benedict (7076) 2009-02-04 18:08
..."leaving on a jetplane, don't know
when i'll be back again, oh babe, i hate to go..."
excellent capture with vivid sharpness and details. i like the
geometric features of the fields, river and all the rest. a winner!
- Copyright: John Paskey (happypoppeye) (4817)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-05-00
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- Camera: Canon PowerShot G2, ISO 50
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- Date Submitted: 2007-10-08 8:42
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